IHSP Laboratory of Urban Culture (LUC) Postdoctoral Fellowship


IHSP Laboratory of Urban Culture (LUC) Postdoctoral Fellowship The McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy (IHSP) is offering a postdoctoral fellowship for the 2019 calendar year (Jan. 1, 2019-Dec 31 2019). The holder of this fellowship will play a key role in IHSP’s Laboratory of Urban Culture. The LUC is both a physical space and a series of programs operating out of the Salon 1861 in Montreal’s vibrant Little Burgundy neighborhood. Part of the Quartier de l'innovation, the Salon 1861 is a privately owned former church whose mandate is to develop and house community-facing projects for the benefit of the inhabitants of Little Burgundy. The present actors working out of the Salon include university-led projects, private sector companies, community organizations and the Montreal Impact Hub. The LUC focuses on promoting community heath via cultural programming directed at local youth. Presently the LUC runs programs in music, creative writing, photography, theatre and film. New projects are often being proposed and developed.

The fellow will form part of the Salon management team, and work to help us further develop LUC’s community ties, existing programing, and new programing. The fellow will also research the Salon ecosystem, with a focus on developing appropriate and testable success indicators for the sort of programming undertaken. In addition, the research will concern the ways in which cultural programming can contribute to community health. The fellow is also encouraged to conduct independent research on a related topic of their interest and will have dedicated time to undertake this research.

The fellow must be fluently bilingual (most activities at the Salon are conducted primarily in French), and able to interact effectively with other community agents and players. They should have strong organizational and communication skills. They should have interest, experience and expertise in the study of site-specific community based arts programming, and methods of qualitative data analysis. They should be able to work autonomously and take ownership of programming and program building.

This fellowship is a full-time residential fellowship based in Montreal. The fellow will work under the supervision of the director of the LUC, Prof. Eric Lewis, and will have access to the full range of resources and expertise housed at the IHSP, including a dedicated workspace and library privileges.

The annual salary is CA$50,000, including full benefits. Your application should include:

  • A letter outlining your interest and appropriateness for this position as well as a brief description of the independent research you intend to pursue
  • A full CV with date of PhD [YYYYMMDD] clearly indicated1
  • Transcripts from all graduate studies and the contact information for 2 references. 
  • If applicable, evidence of prior work in community-engagement
  • Evidence of bilingualism (French and English)
  • An appropriate writing sample demonstrating interest in the issues under consideration


Applications should be sent electronically to: [at] and will be evaluated on a rolling basis as of October 15, 2018. Only complete applications will be considered and only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


1 Please note: candidates’ eligibility to hold a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship expires 5 years after the date on which their PhD was awarded, regardless of when they are hired. Be sure to refer to the following link for further information on eligibility criteria: 2 Any offer to non-Canadian citizens/non-permanent residents is contingent on the candidate obtaining a work permit, see: